What do you do when your dog loves to play with a ball, but he won’t give the ball up in a game of catch?
Here’s a quick trick…
Whenever you’re playing “catch” with a dog who doesn’t ever want to give up the ball so you can throw it again, try this:
Play with two balls!
Why This Works
When you throw one, your dog will go fetch it and bring it back to you.
Then (while your dog is still at your feet), immediately throw the other one.
This causes him to drop the one in his mouth before he leaves to retrieve the other ball.
The result is a neverending game of “drop and go fetch”.
Now you can enjoy playing catch with your dog again!
This video describes how to teach your dog to fetch using 2 balls:
More Tips For Playing Fetch With Your Dog
- Teaching Your Dog To Fetch
- Dealing With A Reluctant Retriever
- Why Dogs Like To Chase Balls
- How To Break A Dog’s Possessiveness
- Using A Clicker With Fetch & Giving Up The Ball
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